Kuberan Balagurunathan

Kuberan Balagurunathan

, PhD


Kuberan (Kuby) Balagurunathan, received his BSc in Chemistry from St. Joseph’s College, Trichy, India and MSc from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, before receiving his PhD from the University of Iowa in Medicinal & Natural Products Chemistry in 2000. His graduate advisor was Robert J. Linhardt. After obtaining his doctoral degree, Balagurunathan completed postdoctoral training at MIT with Robert D. Rosenberg in the Department of Biology. While at MIT he co-authored 9 research manuscripts, 2 book chapters and was inventor on 3 patents related to enzymatic synthesis of heparin anticoagulants.

In 2004 Dr. Balagurunathan began his independent scientific and academic career as Assistant Professor of Medicinal Chemistry in the College of Pharmacy at The University of Utah, where he established his research program at the intersection of chemistry and biology.  Currently he is a tenured Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Adjunct Professor of Bioengineering.  He is also a participating faculty member in the following graduate programs: Interdepartmental Program in Neuroscience and Biological Chemistry Program

His research program has been supported by various funding agencies: Human Frontier Science Program, American Heart Association, Mizutani Foundation for Glycoscience and NIH including the current National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) sponsored Programs of Excellence in Glycosciences P01 grant.   

While in the College of Pharmacy at The University of Utah, Dr. Balagurunathan has received the Teacher of the Year Award twice and has been nominated on multiple occasions for other teaching awards. He serves on a wide variety of other teaching and mentoring committees, and he has been the primary advisor to 11 graduate degree students, 8 postdoctoral fellows, 20 undergraduate researchers, 3 high school students and several other visiting scientists or various research associates. His service to the professional community includes guest editor, grant reviewer, and serving as Presiding Chair, Carbohydrate and Biochemistry Session, at the 2008 American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting.